Saturday 25 November 2017

A challenge to David McWilliams

* I shall always be indebted to David McWilliams for his definitive demographic on modern Ireland before the bubble burst, 'The Pope's Children'. Didn't I myself meet chastened Irish business people who walked right out of his book and into the pub in Ireland, personally to retell their own well-featured stories!

As an icon of macroeconomics, Mr McWilliams' advocacy seems to remain unchallenged – for the sake of lasting economic recovery, however, hopefully not.

I refer to 'Tax breaks for the healthy could change way we live' (Irish Independent, July 17) and 'Time to tell Germans: enough of all this austerity nonsense' (July 24). The former seems to assume that the road to recovery is paved with government incentive (or disincentive) compelling the populace with great gobs of their own confiscated money to behave in the interest of all-wise Government.

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